The Economic Standard: Proposed Mergers Act Codifies Big Is Bad

Despite being an integral part of modern life, over a third of Americans support breaking up tech companies such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Moreover, public disapproval of the firms, known as techlash, is propelling legislative efforts that could limit many of the consumer benefits that these companies offer. One legislative reaction to techlash is […]

Proposed Mergers Act Codifies Big Is Bad

Despite being an integral part of modern life, over a third of Americans support breaking up tech companies such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Moreover, public disapproval of the firms, known as techlash, is propelling legislative efforts that could limit many of the consumer benefits that these companies offer. One legislative reaction to techlash is […]

ConsumerGram: Will Ex Ante Antitrust Remedies Be the End of Permissionless Innovation?

Lawmakers and regulators are calling for blanket changes to longstanding antitrust regulations to counteract what some perceive to be market dominance by a handful of large technology firms. Some lawmakers are calling for the breakup of these firms and significant business restrictions, even if these actions invariably lead to a decrease in consumer welfare. While […]

American Consumer Institute Finds Current Efforts to Target Large Tech Firms May Harm Consumers

Today, the American Consumer Institute released a ConsumerGram that discusses the recent push to revise and create stricter antitrust laws that target dominant technology companies. The ConsumerGram outlines the economic thinking on competition and market concentration, and it discusses the widespread beliefs among mainstream economists that market concentration and structure are not necessarily sufficient to […]

Town Hall: U.S. Should Not Follow Europe’s Antitrust Approach

Given the shared desire in Washington and Brussels to rein in big tech, it seems almost inevitable that both governments will weaponize antitrust further to rein in big tech and score political points at home. Yet, while Europe is much further along in this process, particularly with the likely passage of the Digital Markets Act, […]

Tech Bill Could Harm Consumers and Small Businesses

In Washington’s continuing war on big tech, another proposal has emerged from the U.S. Senate that seeks to reform antitrust enforcement. Similarly to other proposals that emerged from the halls of Congress, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICO), recently introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar, would not only serve to inflict substantial on the […]

Vertical Mergers and Acquisitions Can Provide Consumer Benefits

In July 2021, Biden’s administration authorized the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to amend vertical merger standards and make it more challenging for companies to merge with or acquire other companies. These measures are part of the White House’s goal to “reduce the trend of corporate consolidation, increase competition, and deliver concrete benefits to […]

Townhall: Senate Antitrust Bill Is Bad for Consumers and Small Businesses

For American consumers and big tech, the war against them continues. Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, led by Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), introduced the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) that would significantly change America’s antitrust laws in a way that would profoundly harm consumers. AICOA’s proponents claim the bill would “restore competition online by […]

Inside Sources: House Bill Will Kill The Tech Ecosystem

When considering whether larger companies should be allowed to acquire smaller competitors, lawmakers should abandon the immediate presumption that “big is bad.” Instead, they should understand that acquisitions can support innovation, the broader economy, consumer welfare, and a competitive marketplace. Instead of deferring to a “big is bad” mentality, policymakers should recognize this reality and […]

A Bad Week for Trustbusters Means a Good Week for Consumers

Self-proclaimed trustbusters have not had a good week. The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) much-publicized lawsuit calling for the break-up of Facebook was thrown out, as was the antitrust suit filed by New York and 45 other states. For consumers, the dismissal of both lawsuits is a positive, albeit temporary, step in the right direction of ensuring consumers can […]